Who killed Aarushi: Nine years on, still no an­swers


NEW DELHI: Though the Al­la­habad High Court ac­quit­ted Ra­jesh and Nupur Tal­war for the mur­der of their daugh­ter Aarushi and their do­mes­tic help Hem­raj, the ques­tion that once again haunts in­ves­ti­ga­tors is who ac­tu­ally com­mit­ted the mur­ders.

Those who have been track­ing the case closely told Mil­len­nium Post that weak ev­i­dence made the mur­der the “most mys­te­ri­ous” case in the coun­try, lead­ing to the ac­quit­tal of Aarushi’s par­ents.

The only ev­i­dence that led the Tal­wars’ con­vic­tion in 2013 was cir­cum­stan­tial and sev­eral ques­tions in the case also popped up about the crime scene hav­ing bee in­ter­fered with.

Blood stains were seen on the walls, but no blood on the toys on Aarushi’s bed near the wall was a ques­tion that per­plexed many in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

A wet patch on Aarushi’s bed in­di­cated the sheet was cleaned with water.

How­ever, had the Tal­wars ‘dressed up’ the scene, they would not have left the blood­ied whiskey bot­tle, palm, and shoe prints around the house.

Re­tired Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice K K Gau­tam, who had closely fol­lowed the case, stated that the pun­ish­ment given to the Tal­wars was based on the clo­sure re­port, which sug­gested that there was lack of ev­i­dence.

“Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, if there is lack of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the case re­mains a mys­tery,” said Gau­tam.

An­other point of con­tention was that at the time of Aarushi’s mur­der, when Nupur Tal­war had made a phone call to Hem­raj, he was al­ready dead.

How­ever, the iden­tity of the per­son who an­swered Hem­raj’s cell­phone in the morn­ing still re­mains a mys­tery.

Some wit­nesses were also re­port­edly co­erced, and sev­eral tests, such lie-de­tec­tion, psy­cho­anal­y­sis and narco anal­y­sis on sev­eral per­sons, took place.

De­spite th­ese tests, the mur­der re­mains a mys­tery.

Right from the be­gin­ning, the Tal­wars and their friends had ac­cused the po­lice of fram­ing Ra­jesh in or­der to cover up for the poor in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

As a re­sult, the Ut­tar Pradesh govern­ment had back then trans­ferred the case to the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, which ex­on­er­ated the par­ents and sus­pected their as­sis­tant Kr­ishna and two other do­mes­tic ser­vants Ra­jku­mar and Vi­jay.

Based on the narco tests con­ducted on the three men, the CBI sus­pected they had killed Aarushi. They then al­legedly mur­dered Hem­raj for be­ing a wit­ness.

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